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[U] VC firm intros $100m iFund for iPhone apps

updated 04:15 pm EST, Thu March 6, 2008

iFund for iPhone Apps

Venture capitalist firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers today announced the iFund, a money pool for developers looking to start businesses based on the newly announced SDK for the iPhone and iPod touch. The fund has a total of $100 million to distribute between potential candidates and is meant to spark the next wave of development. The size "should be enough to start a few Amazons or Yahoos," according to the VC firm's John Doerr.

More details of the conditions behind attracting money from iFund are expected soon, though the plan is not expected to involve automatic grants and will likely be limited to US firms.

Update: Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers set up the iFund in order to invest in small start-up businesses, with the goal of helping them become standalone, public companies. KPCB's areas of focus are location-based services, social networking, mCommerce, communication, and entertainment.

"A revolutionary new platform is a rare and prized opportunity for entrepreneurs, and that's exactly what Apple has created with iPhone and iPod touch," said John Doerr, partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. "We think several significant new companies will emerge as this new platform evolves, and the iFund will empower them to realize their full potential."

"Developers are already bursting with ideas for the iPhone and iPod touch, and now they have the chance to turn those ideas into great companies with the help of world-class venture capitalists," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "We can't wait to start working with Kleiner Perkins and the companies they fund through this new initiative."

by MacNN Staff





  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969



    hey Kleiner Perkins, throw some of that juicy VC my way! I can code some killer apps for iPhone!

  1. khiltd

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Smooth move

    I like how their application is just an insecure web form devoid of any confidentiality or non-disclosure agreement.

    Yeah, just tell us what your great idea is and if we like it we'll give you a hundred million dollars (unless we feel like stealing it in which case you don't even get a certified mail receipt to prove we had any contact with you whatsoever).

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